October 22nd, 2012
Sometimes you can do absolutely everything in your power so you do not get sick. You can wash your hands consistently, use hand sanitizer often, refuse to touch anything with your bare hands, keep your desk and home clean, but even after all of that hassle you might find yourself at home, sick on the couch. At that point you have an important decision to make, do you go to the doctor or not? This is a tough call to make because what if you go to the doc and it is just a virus. What if you decide to just wait it out at home and you end up with a serious condition? So to help out you go to WebMD.com.
Yes, WebMD is quite a wonderful tool, you can use the symptom checker to input your current symptoms and figure out what is potentially wrong with you. Of course, in most cases WebMD actually leads you to choose to go to the doctor with the possible deadly disease that it says you might have. The wrong diagnosis is the reason you head to see your physician.
One instance of this is if you have a cough. You will enter your cough and then answer a couple of other questions about it like the sound of it, what makes it worse, and such. After you do that, based on your symptoms, WebMD gives you a list of possible conditions. The first three for just a cough are: Bronchitis, Common Cold, and Tuberculosis.
Everyone knows you need an antibiotic for bronchitis so that is vote one for a doctor’s visit. Then there’s the cold–nothing a doctor can do for that. But the third possible condition is tuberculosis…wow. At that point you click to read more about this less than common issue and you find that you have other tuberculosis symptoms like chills, swollen glands, pain, fatigue, and a decreased appetite. Yes, a doctor’s visit is certainly in order.
It’s as simple as that to get a wrong diagnosis. Don’t get a wrong diagnosis, if in doubt, go to your doctor and get clear answers.
October 1st, 2012
What Is Obesity?
Obesity is a defined as being more than 30 percent over one’s ideal body weight. The number of obese people in America has increased drastically over the past few decades. A recent report done by the Center for Disease Control has revealed that 35.7 percent of Adults in America are obese. It is estimated that between 16 and 33 percent of children are obese.
What Are Some of the Causes of Obesity?
Genetics can put a person at risk for becoming obese. However, the vast majority of obesity cases can be attributed to poor diet and a lack of exercise. People are eating more processed foods and fewer fruits and vegetables. They are also eating fewer home-cooked meals.
Additionally, people are watching television and surfing the Internet in their spare time instead of exercising. It is also important to note that certain medical conditions and medications can cause a person to gain weight.
What Are Some Things That Can Be Done to Treat Obesity?
Dietary changes and exercise are the keys to treating obesity. People who want to lose
weight will have to reduce their caloric intake. Experts recommend consuming between 1000 and 1600 calories per day. People will also have to make better food choices. Processed, sugary and fatty foods should be avoided as much as possible. It is also wise to avoid sugary beverages as much as possible and drink water.
People who are obese need to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day. Those
who have trouble meeting that requirement should consider breaking their exercise time up into small sessions. For example, a person can walk for 10 minutes before work, 10 minutes during his or her lunch break and 10 minutes after work. A person can also exercise while he or she is watching Dish Network channels.
Most people will be able to lose weight with diet and exercise, but a small percentage of people will need to take a prescription medication or have surgery to lose weight.
What Can Be Done to Prevent Obesity?
Making healthy food choices and exercising regularly can prevent one from becoming obese. People may also want to consider weighing themselves at least once a week.
August 24th, 2012
Most people have never hear of a condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD for short. This condition has been around since the Civil War Era with the young wounded men returning home with a mysterious condition of unexplained pain even though their wounds had healed. After many countless efforts to control the pain doctors came to realize the Sympathetic Nervous System was at the root of this condition.
August 24th, 2012
A new study has found that the spouses of a person having dementia are at an increased danger of developing dementia. Researchers believe that the reason that this occurs is the additional stress caused by their caretaking responsibility.
August 24th, 2012
It happens to the best of us, working at a desk all day with little movement helps us to pack on the pounds. That is not even considering lunches with co-workers and enjoying in the celebratory office party cake. Many people who go to a desk job full-time will start to notice that the pounds keep coming, and if it is not addressed, then it can get out of hand.